Flight to Wonder Blog

I had a wonderful Christmas present this year.  I checked the blogging I did under the pen name B. J. Deming at Flight to Wonder, expecting it to be as dead as it was when I developed a block there and switched over to this blog.

It’s actually quite popular right now!  

After some thought, I think it is going to work out best to go back to the B. J. Deming pen name and publish cat posts at Flight to Wonder.  I’m not signing out as Robin Huntingdon here or Barb Beier (my actual name) at the 50 Facts blog, but posts here will be less frequent. 

Thanks for your interest!


Interesting Cat People: Friedrich Schwangart


That’s what I would have said until I stumbled across his name while researching domestic long-haired fancy breeds and discovered the German Longhair.

After getting that down in my notes, I looked up Schwangart because there was a hiatus in the history about what he did and where he was during World War II, other than that he went from Dresden to Munich.

Was he a Nazi?  A Jew?  A look-the-other-way type?

It turns out this remarkable man lost his job because he was a Communist and a social activist who did not like the Nazis, but he apparently had enough prestige to preserve his life.
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Fancy Cats Come From Moggies

A fancy-cat is one of those fur-baby champions on display at a cat show.

Moggies are all the other domestic cats. This UK term for cats has spread throughout the English-speaking world partly because of the British Commonwealth and partly over the Internet.

It’s a cute word, much easier on modern ears than “malkin” or “grimalkin,” the really old English words for “cat.”

Back in the day, there weren’t any fancy-cats, just some pets that belonged to royalty, aristocratics, or religious recluses.

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Book Update

Just published Fact 24 as a blog post at 50 Cat Facts.

Yes, it’s now about a month before my latest planned publication date, and I’ve still got 26 facts to go.  When setting up the schedule, I expected these to be easier, as it doesn’t involve researching the development of the species and many of them already appear as blog posts, but now I know how difficult it is to write a good post.  Those earlier ones were too easy.

We’ll see.  I am not going to take that January 5th date too seriously – so glad I don’t have a contract at this point!

Excuse: It’s my first nonfiction book.  This experience is going to help a lot with the next one, on the rest of the modern cat family, which is still due out in late November 2018.

Featured image: Library of Congress.

People and Cats, Living Together

Here is something for the Caturday after Catsgiving! – RH

Human beings have influenced the social lives of domestic and “feral”** cats in ways we are only just beginning to understand.

This isn’t about survival issues like food, water, and shelter. We have actually changed the way this species interacts with the world and with other domestic cats. 

In return, cats have worked their way into human culture and now, apparently, own the Internet, as well as our hearts and minds.

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Writing update

Just published Fact 18 as a blog post yesterday.  Obviously, I’m not going to get the next 32 facts done by this coming Cyber Monday!

My alternative date, in December, was probably wishful thinking; I don’t want to rush this.  Today I worked everything out and decided that I will publish 50 Facts About House Cats (and Where They Come From) on January 5th of the coming year.  That leaves me plenty of leeway, but we’ll see.

(Just as a first mention, once this is out, I will try to publish the next book in the series – 50 Facts About the Cat Family (and Where They Come From) – in time for the 2018 T-day holiday.)

Here’s some lagniappe:

A Maine Coon, by tantien3 at Pixabay. (Public domain)